Things To Do In Los Angeles

"The Vagina Monologues" at Cupcake Theater on August 22–October 4 (Up to 53% Off)

"The Vagina Monologues"

Cupcake Theater

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Women weave stories about their bodies and frankly discuss gender-based violence in an OBIE-winning work by Eve Ensler

$38 $18

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Yoga Hike for One or Up to 15 People from Hiking Yoga (Up to Half Off)

Hiking Yoga

Griffith Park

Outdoor hiking and yoga combine for 90 minutes of cardio and strength work in a natural setting, and groups can take private hikes

$20 $9.99

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Build Two Custom Terrariums with Succulents and Air Plants

Personalized Terrarium-Making Class

Southeast Los Angeles

DIY expert Phillip Kuhn teaches guests to assemble their own unique terrariums with air plants, succulents, rocks, and personal objects

$48 $48

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Horror Movies in the Park for Two at Street Food Cinema (Up to 43% Off). Five Options Available.

Street Food Cinema

Multiple Locations

In the open air of a park surrounded by food trucks, horror fans take in classic flicks projected onto a giant screen

$24 $14

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$1,600 for a 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Program from Yoga Teacher Training ($4,200 Value)

Michelle Mazur Yoga Therapy

Los Angeles

Certification program covers Vinyasa practice, yoga philosophy, and ayurvedic healing

$4,200 $1,600

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Shriekfest Horror Film Festival at Raleigh Studios on October 2–5 (Up to 50% Off)

Shriekfest Horror Film Festival

Raleigh Studios

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Four-day fest includes spine-tingling short and feature films from around the world

$140 $70

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One, Three, or Six Sewing Classes at 8-Limbs (Up to 56% Off)

8-Limbs

Echo Park / Silverlake

Skilled sewing instructors teach students the basics or guide them through making a clean-seamed project, pattern, or skirt

$75 $35

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$69 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at CorePower Yoga ($195 Value)

CorePower Yoga

Multiple Locations

Dynamic flow of Vinyasa-style poses, breathing exercises, and uplifting music energize bodies and minds in stretch-friendly heated rooms

$195 $69

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Zimmer Children's Museum Visit for Two Adults and Two or Three Children (Up to 49% Off)

Zimmer Children's Museum

Mid-Wilshire

Two floors house 10+ interactive art and science exhibits and programs such as sing-alongs and art time, all geared toward kids ages 0–8

$28 $15

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$10 for One-Day Passes for Four to The Ultimate Women's Expo ($40 Value)

The Ultimate Women's Expo

Los Angeles Convention Center

Presentations on finance, entrepreneurship, style, and healthy living at an expo highlighting new designers and beauty innovations

$40 $10

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$40 for a Hands On Three-Hour Cooking Class at Hipcooks ($65 Value)

Hipcooks

Multiple Locations

Students participate in the preparation of gourmet dishes before sitting down to eat at this studio that emphasizes taste over recipes.

$65 $40

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F.A.C.E. Runway Fashion Show at 333 Live on Saturday, November 1, at 8:00 p.m. (Up to 43% Off)

F.A.C.E. Runway Fashion Show

333 Live

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Mingle with celebrities and fashion bloggers while watching a runway show displaying designers' 2015 collections; after-party with DJs

$31.74 $18

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$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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5 or 10 Women's Kickboxing Bootcamp Classes at Foxy and Fierce Women's Kickboxing (Up to 76% Off)

Foxy and Fierce Women's Kickboxing

Hollywood Dojo

Slam fists, feet, elbows, and knees into pads with muay thai moves spliced with Pilates, yoga, and strength conditioning

$100 $29

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Five or Ten Dance Classes at MNR Dance Factory (59% Off)

MNR Dance Factory

West Los Angeles

Dancers choose from classes such as jazz, tap, hip hop, and ballet

$120 $49

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at InYoga Center (Up to 76% Off)

InYoga Center

Valley Village

Expansive yoga studio hosts more than 50 classes each week, including rigorous & beginner friendly class styles

$160 $39

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$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($ 129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

$129.95 $49

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$75 for One Month of Acting Classes at Anthony Gilardi Acting Studio ($200 Value)

Anthony Gilardi Acting Studio

Hollywood

Experienced acting coach helps students hone skills such as character development and script analysis during weekly classes

$200 $75

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Standup-Paddleboarding Lessons or Four-Hour Rental for One or Two at Venice Beach Surf School (Up to 83% Off)

Venice Beach Surf School

Venice Beach Surf School

Instructor with more than 25 years slicing waves teaches students to master the same

$160 $49

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Amid the bustle of Hollywood Boulevard stand two monuments to the silver screen. One, the TCL Chinese Theatre, oozes with history— imported Chinese stone lions, a 90-foot-tall copper roof, and concrete blocks that bear the handprints of Hollywood luminaries from years gone by each memorialize the celebrated role the building has played in Hollywood for more than eight decades.

Next door, Chinese 6 Theatres is a tribute to the cutting-edge. Six theaters, some with 3D capability, immerse viewers in ultra-realistic picture and sound better than sitting inside Steven Spielberg's android brain. Beyond the plush theater seating, a bar slings cocktails for in-movie sipping and a restaurant serves a full menu for cravings after the show. The service schedule varies for the bar and the restaurant but both will be open during Summer 2013. Whether they opt for the historic cinema or the ultramodern theater, visitors can catch a full slate of acclaimed new releases on their chosen big screen.

The storied history of TCL Chinese Theatre rivals those of the more than 200 celebrities whose handprints, footprints, and autographs are cemented into the theater's forecourt. Erected in 1927 and declared a historical and cultural landmark in 1968, the iconic theater stages movie screenings, premieres, events, and red-carpet ceremonies. Today, moviegoers walking through the theater's main courtyard can revel in the same opulence of those 1920s screen idols, craning their necks upward to take in the looming pagoda that frames the entrance. Inside, the theater's original 1927 screen towers high above the plush red-velvet seats, surrounded by wooden panels that rise to a ceiling with flowing Chinese-style drawings. This classic Hollywood setting is one of the reasons why the theater, in an echo of its origins, hosts celebrity-studded premieres, such as the 2012 opening for Life of Pi and the 2013 opening for Beautiful Creatures.

6925 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Exhale Spa seeks to transform its clientele inside and out. The founding team of fitness professionals and aestheticians sought to create an environment where they could empower visitors with pampering spa treatments, invigorating fitness classes, and lifestyle education, helping clients attain a sense of control and holistic balance. Now with 19 locations across 11 cities, Exhale Spa and its signature services have earned mentions in numerous national publications, including People magazine, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Exhale's signature Core Fusion classes incorporate dance-inspired stretches, yoga poses, and Pilates exercises into total-body workouts that build long, lean limbs and sturdy abdominal muscles over time. For an even more varied workout, the instructors introduce boot-camp techniques, cardio exercises, or multiplication tables to select sessions. Yoga classes present a similar amount of breadth and variety, drawing inspiration from a number of introspective and physically oriented styles. To help hasten physical transformations, nutrition and wellness coaches teach attendees about the impacts of diet. These sessions build an awareness of healthy eating habits through custom meal plans and by teaching clients how to identify the edible parts of a fruit basket.

Many of the center's traditional spa services seek to inspire confidence. Facials pamper and refine skin using everything from green tea and fruit extracts to microcurrent technology, and mani-pedis revitalize digits before glazing nails with a vibrant new coat of color. Bodywork treatments look beyond physical relaxation and focus on holistic concerns. Massage therapists can use Eastern or Western modalities to soothe overstressed musculature, and acupuncture treatments and reiki sessions jump-start natural healing processes by encouraging the free flow of inner energies.

245 S. Main St
Venice,
CA
US

Petroleum mogul Dr. Armand Hammer clung to life just long enough to see The Hammer Museum make its debut in 1990, passing away three weeks later. Without the founder’s support, construction screeched to a halt and spaces sat in varying states of completion. But not for long. The powers that be at UCLA saw Hammer’s vision, and took control of the abandoned museum in 1994. They restored it to its former glory by importing the university’s own collections and staff. Today, The Hammer’s unique compendium of works still hints at the unlikely collaboration that bore the museum all those years ago. Its stockpile of masterpieces explores the modern-day in a contemporary collection of mostly drawings and photographs. Richard Hawkins’ disembodied zombie george green might best embody current artistic trends; his expressionless eyes stare from a yellow backdrop, the handiwork of an undead inkjet printer. Meanwhile, the Armand Hammer Collection, left behind by the museum’s namesake, balances george and other outlandish works with 19th-century art by Degas, Cézanne, and van Gogh. It’s virtually impossible to predict whether rotating exhibits will land in classic or contemporary camps. They range from performance art installations—Floor of the Forest depicts two dancers moving through hanging jumbles of used clothing and ropes—to sculptures, paintings, and drawings. To cultivate better artistic understanding, the Hammer Museum hosts events including lunchtime art talks, tours, and screenings.

10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
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DanceGardenLA was created by Zahra Zuhair and Jenna, who have been belly-dancing since childhood and have travelled the world accumulating impressive professional credits. Zuhair has trained in traditional folk and Eastern styles?including Lebanese, Turkish, Moroccan, and Tunisian?but her specialty is Egyptian belly dance, which she has studied with some of the top teachers in Cairo. She has also been featured on the cover of Zaghareet! magazine and has written, directed, and choreographed productions as the artistic director of the Ghazella Dance Company and Po Na Na Dance Theatre. Jenna acted as a goddess bellydance instructor on an episode of Sex and the City, and made appearances on The Tyra Banks Show and the Food Network program Aarti Party. She has also starred in several bestselling belly dance-instruction DVDs.

Thanks to their more than 50 years of combined teaching experience and a talented team of award-winning instructors, the studio was named the Best Place to Learn the Art of Bellydancing in 2012 by LA Weekly. The site recommended instructor Princess Farhana's "witty repartee (and Hollywood rock-scene anecdotes)," and described the predominantly female atmosphere as "always encouraging, never intimidating." The crew teaches classes including classic and tribal-style bellydance, Bollywood, and cutting-edge dance fitness such as Bellyquake and E5.

3191 Casitas Ave., Suite 112
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Blaine Eastcott's love of the outdoors is rooted in fond childhood memories of family camping trips. On one such trip, Blaine's teenage self impulsively climbed a 100-foot rock only to soon find himself struck by panic high up on the rock face. He was paralyzed by fear, until a surge of adrenaline gave him the courage needed to scramble the final 10 feet up. This ordeal spurred him to take rock-climbing classes?and eventually led to his current position as the president of Rockreation. His three adrenaline-inducing arenas challenge climbers of all skill levels with more than 28,500 total square feet of climbing terrain, composed of jagged cliffs, bouldering nooks, and craggy archways. The faux-mountain range mimics the conditions of real rocks with indentions, overhangs, and eagle's nests.

The gyms devote one-third of their space to a bouldering area, which blends into a top-rope course fraught with varying angles, and a large lead area with an overhanging arch. Across these angles, passionate instructors with extensive outdoors experience?and a background in conversational mountain goat?guide students through the Fight Gravity program. The three-class series focuses on belaying basics, and progresses through technique instruction and bouldering. They also lead seasonal kids' camps where tiny humans can explore the routes, or plunge on a big swing and zipline. The gyms also have a separate area with machines, traditional weights, and cardio equipment for members who want to not only climb rocks, but also lift heavy ones above their heads.

11866 La Grange Ave
Los Angeles,
CA
US

More than 200 games cover the 5000 sq. ft. Family Arcade. Here are just a few:

  • Air hockey
  • Basketball shooters
  • Row after row of pinball machines
  • Dance games
  • Fighting games
  • First person shooter games

The classic arcade is open every day of the week from 8:30 a.m.?1:30 a.m. and open late on the weekends until 2:30a.m.


Parking is available in the Arcade lot.

Outside the Arcade

Family Arcade also rents a wide variety of entertainment equipment?including jukeboxes?to restaurants, movie studios, and other businesses. Over the years, the Pecks have supplied pinball machines and other games to be used as props in a number of films and TV shows.


Meet the Family Behind the Arcade

The Peck Family, Circa the 1970s
Family Arcade lives up to the first word in its name. In 1971, Harry and David Peck founded the company, an arcade and supplier of coin-operated amusement equipment. Over the decades, they've amassed countless pinball machines, arcade games, pool tables, and much more.

The Peck Family, 40 Years Later
Harry and David are still at it more than 40 years later, now with the help of sons Robert and Stephen.

876 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles,
CA
US

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